Update 9-8-2017 WOW I was notified this afternoon of a donation to the Clock Tower project by an out of town business from Wooster, Ohio. Now that wouldn’t be very unusual. It just for some reason caught me off guard. So, I called this company up and told him who I was and why I was calling. After thanking him for his donation I asked if he had a connection to Willard. His comment back was no I don’t. He said I made the donation because of his love for small towns. He was raised in a small town. He runs a siding company that is currently working in town repairing and replacing hail damage siding on many Willard homes. The Business name is Black Diamond Contracting LLC.
He said someone had mentioned the clock tower project to him and he ask for more information. Said it was just his way to help. Now that is small town love from a guy that really has no connection to Willard but is in town making a living for his family in Wooster. He took the time to look at what this project means to a small town and wanted to help. Thank You to Black Diamond Contracting LLC. I appreciate your support and help on this project.
They will get a letter from me as I send everyone who donates a letter of thanks. I appreciate those who have taken the time to help with this project, volunteering, donating money, time or buying the Rediscovering History Book. The clock tower project is just $135,000 from being put up. It will be working at that time. We have come a long way in just 4 years of fundraising. Money donated to the project is tax deductible. Donations can be sent to Save Willard’s Clock restoration and mailed to PO Box 367 Willard, Ohio. Checks need to have Clock project on it somewhere so it goes into the right fund. Here is their web site link.- http://www.blackdiamondcontractingllc.com They give free estimates on siding and repair work.
UPDATE!!! August 2017--Based on the last Clock Committee (August 2017) meeting we are about $135,000 short of getting the clock tower up. The footer system is now being donated. If you wanted to help Now is the time to do so. We are so close! Help save this old clock tower for this restoration rebuild. The Time is Now. Make checks out to Save Willard's Clock and mail to PO Box 367 Willard,Ohio 44890. I'd like to give the build company a go, but can't do it without the money in the bank. It's now left up to the people and business of Willard.
- From the Wilson's
- Sep 8 2017 at 7:28 PM
Sorry, I did pick up the book on Wednesday but have been on the go. You did a great job on the book and it portrays the real essence of Willard in the past and during the time I was growing up there! It brought back so many memories. I grew up on a farm on Rural Route 12 (used to be called B&O Pike). My grandfather built the house in which we lived while he worked on the railroad at night. The pictures of the locomotives are wonderful! I am so pleased to have it and want to thank you for the work you put into it. In fact, I am going to order one to be sent to someone living in Willard. I will get back to you on that in a couple of days.
The only way I found out about the book was from reading an article in the paper but I ended up doing some research in order to send the contact form. I am sure people there know about the Clock but might be motivated to buy the book if they knew you are donating the proceeds. I don't understand why the local business owners have not contributed. Is there some objection to the project? This project has been going on for several years and I would think it would have more interest in it. It may not be the most pressing issue for Willard but it would do a lot to preserve its heritage.
Also, when the Clock Project is finished, I would like to buy some pavers honoring the Laser family.
Thank you again for the fantastic book. I will share it with my 93 yr. old mother and my sister.